cre­at­ing a fab­u­lous wed­ding cer­e­mony

My Wedding - - VINTAGE BRIDAL TRENDS -

De­cid­ing on the right words to say in your wed­ding cer­e­mony can be a daunt­ing prospect.

It is highly pos­si­ble that nei­ther of you have a clue about how to go about it. No need for dis­may - your mar­riage cel­e­brant is trained to guide you through the whole process. Fur­ther­more, if you are not get­ting mar­ried in a re­li­gious cer­e­mony, there are many op­tions to en­sure that your wed­ding cer­e­mony hits the spot, and leaves you with an ex­pe­ri­ence to trea­sure.

A few ex­cit­ing ideas to en­sure your cer­e­mony will weave its magic and choose words that res­onate with you and feel com­fort­able. We all en­joy a good tale, so share your love story, how you met, and all the qual­i­ties of one an­other’s per­son­al­i­ties that say “this is who we are”. Th­ese are great ways to cap­ti­vate and hold ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion, and help en­sure that your cer­e­mony is not ho hum, yawn, heard it all be­fore!

An­other idea is to pay trib­ute to those you love, es­pe­cially your par­ents. Your wed­ding day is as big a deal for them as it is for you. Tak­ing a few mo­ments to thank them for who you have be­come is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity. My 19 years ex­pe­ri­ence ob­serv­ing par­ents’ ex­pres­sions tells the story - they will be blown away; so much more mem­o­rable than a few words of ap­pre­ci­a­tion at your re­cep­tion.

All mar­riage cel­e­brants bring their own style, so meet­ing a few is a good idea, un­til you find one who you feel will meet your ex­pec­ta­tions and will help and sup­port you, of­fer guid­ance and present your cer­e­mony on your big day with warmth, dig­nity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. Your wed­ding is a mile­stone, an im­por­tant rite of pas­sage. At the end of it, if you can say “that was per­fect for us”, then it will have worked its magic, and pre­pared you not only for the rest of your cel­e­bra­tion, but for the be­gin­ning of mar­ried life.

It is im­pos­si­ble to put a price on the emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence of get­ting mar­ried. It is not the best idea to choose your mar­riage cel­e­brant based on the fee.

You are most prob­a­bly plan­ning the big­gest event you have ever been in­volved with in your lives, and you will want to make sure ev­ery­thing is per­fect. If you choose to work with pro­fes­sion­als, you will have noth­ing to worry about. Put the im­por­tance of your mar­riage cel­e­brant and your wed­ding cer­e­mony at the top of your list, be­cause a wed­ding cer­e­mony that is fun, hu­mourous and dig­ni­fied, will kick start your day and set the tone for your wed­ding day’s suc­cess.

The most im­por­tant thing to work to­wards as you plan your wed­ding day is to be able to en­joy the day, know­ing all your hard work is over, and that the time has come to re­lax.

Sh­eryl Mun­gal Com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate in Cel­e­brant Stud­ies in 1999 from Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy. A Foun­da­tion mem­ber and past Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Cel­e­brant As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand, she ed­u­cates and trains cel­e­brants through­out New Zealand. www.wed­dings-new-zealand.co.nz

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